Getting to Know Mrs. Robinson

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Courtney Robinson has a degree in English and Psychology from Texas A&M University as well as a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. She spent nine years homeschooling her own children and five teaching grammar and composition in a local homeschool group before coming to Providence.  She’s never met a sentence she didn’t want to diagram, and she loves teaching poetry to young people. She and her husband, Heath, have three sons and a daughter. They love seeing Christ’s lordship over all things and worshiping with their brothers and sisters in Christ at Redeemer PCA.

What is your current favorite snack? 

Chips and salsa, chips and queso, chips and guacamole.  I love chips.

What book have you read recently that you would recommend? 

This summer I began the collected short stories of Flannery O’Connor.  I highly recommend them, and short stories are good for busy people. She was such a student of human nature and so capable of rendering a realistic voice of so many types of characters.  She is also darkly comic, if you like that sort of thing. I think she could read minds and smell intentions. 

What is a lesson that you enjoy teaching your students? 

I really enjoy teaching students to analyze grammar.  Little things like whether a prepositional phrase is adjectival or adverbial.  It is fun to see their analytical capacities come alive. I enjoy seeing them go from being lead through it with prompts to being able to reason through it themselves.  Some of them really love it, which is very rewarding.

What characteristic would you most like your students to see in you?  

Contentment in Christ.  The last couple of years of my life have really driven me to press in to what it means to be content in Christ.  I have wanted to learn to be able to say with Paul that I can be content in any and all circumstances. There is a joy and happiness in Jesus that is out there to be had and it transcends all circumstances.  That’s what I want. I’m still working on it, but I have seen growth.

What has God been teaching you lately through scripture?

I am grateful for our Providence Bible plan and for my own church’s teaching in helping me to see the holiness and goodness of God, especially in the Law.  I have seen his kindness and tenderness reflected there. I wish our culture at large could see that the God of the bible cares for immigrants, women who have been sexually assaulted, and workers who have not been paid.  Of course, He also requires radical holiness, which might not be such a popular idea. The Law makes people happy and fulfilled. It prevents heartache and unleashes human potential. Seeing this more helps me to obey even when I don’t like or understand the Law.

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